Originally written on Where Is Andy Van Slyke  |  Last updated 1/3/12
Welcome to 2012, Pirate fans! Hopefully this year will be better than the last. I spent the last few days of 2011 and the first couple days of 2012 turning over post ideas and discussion points in my head, so the long holiday break here at WHYGAVS is over. Let's start with what's the Pirates' most pressing current need for what's left of the off-season: the starting rotation. The Pirates still need more innings from their starting rotation if they want it to be anywhere near as useful in 2012 as it was in the early part of 2011, before things got derailed, went flying off of the bridge and into the ravine, and exploded in a huge fireball of devastation. Bedard is a nice start and Morton and McDonald aren't terrible options, but questions about Bedard's health and Morton's health and the huge margins of error around what we're hoping for from Morton and McDonald and what we might get, plus the volatility of Jeff Karstens and Brad Lincoln, plus what looks from here like a lack of dept...
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